Building Bridges Radio: Your Community & Labor Report

Produced and Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash over WBAI,99.5FM in the NYC Metro Area

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WORKERS OF THE WORLD TUNE IN! Introducing "Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report"

Our beat is the labor front, broadly defined, both geographically and conceptually. We examine the world of work and workers on the job as well as where they live. We examine the issues that affect their everyday lives, with a particular sensitivity towards human rights abuses, environmental concerns and the U.S. drive for global domination. We record their global struggles and provide analysis of their efforts to empower themselves and transform society to provide greater democratic, human, social, political and economic rights. Each program consists of feature stories, generally interviews, within a historical context, often accompanied by sound from demonstrations, rallies or conferences, and complemented and enhanced by poetry and instrumental or vocal -- people's culture.

Over the years Building Bridges has produced a weekly one hour program, Mondays from 7-8 PM EST, covering local, national and international labor and community issues over radio WBAI-Pacifica 99.5 FM in New York. We also produce half hour version, Building Bridges National, which is distribtued to over 40 broadcast and internet radio stations.


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Elections Special - Ballot Initiatives and Voter Suppression  

WBAI Radio's Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Monday, November 3, 2008, 7 – 8 PM EST, over 99.5 FM ****************************************
Ballot Measures in Three States Threaten Abortion Rights
with
Sondra Goldschein, Staff Attorney,
ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

"Colorado Civil Rights Initiative" Actually Seeks to Sink Civil Rights

with
Shanta Driver, BAMN National Chair

Progressives Finally Use Ballot Initiatives:
Milwaukee Possibly First Place to Pass Paid Sick Days?

with
Amy Stear, Wisconsin Director, 9 to 5,
National Organization of Working Women

Will the Election be Stolen?

with
Myrna Pérez , Counsel, Democracy Program,
Brennan Center for Justice,

NYUChis Kromm, Executive Director & Publisher, Southern Exposure

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Ballot Measures in Three States Threaten Abortion Rights
with
Sondra Goldschein, Staff Attorney,
ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project


Initiatives aimed at banning abortion, restricting teenagers' access to
abortion, and interfering in a range of private health care decisions will
appear on the ballot in SD (Measure 11), CA (Proposition 4), and CO
(Amendment 48). How will these initiatives affect us all?
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"Colorado Civil Rights Initiative" Actually Seeks to Sink Civil Rights
with
Shanta Driver, BAMN National Chair

Brought forward by California businessman Ward Connerly, the so-called
Colorado Civil Rights Initiative, Amendment 46, seeks to destroy
affirmative action programs throughout the state.
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Progressives Finally Use Ballot Initiatives:
Milwaukee Possibly First Place to Pass Paid Sick Days?

with
Amy Stear, Wisconsin Director, 9 to 5,
National Organization of Working Women


Milwaukee workers without paid sick days are forced to make impossible
choices between vital income and jobs on one hand, and caring for their
own health or family health on the other hand. A new Milwaukee ballot
initiative would allow workers to earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick
time for every 30 hours worked.
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Will the Election be Stolen?
with Myrna Pérez , Counsel, Democracy Program,
Brennan Center for Justice, NYU

Chis Kromm, Executive Director & Publisher, Southern Exposure

There has been a spike in challenges to the right to vote this year across
the nation and in crucial Southern states. Many states will not register
new voters or will purge existing voters from the voter rolls if election
officials cannot match their voter registration information against that in
other government databases. Voter suppression could impact hundreds
of thousands of votes making the difference between winning or
loosing the national election and many local races.



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1 comments

  • Evan Ravitz  
    November 9, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    "Progressives Finally Use Ballot Initiatives"??

    Ballot initiatives are the origin of most reforms, such as women's suffrage (passed in 13 states before Congress went along), direct election of Senators (4 states), publicly financed elections (passed by initiative in 6 of 7 states with them), medical marijuana ( in 9 of 13 states) and increasing minimum wages (in all 6 states that tried in 2006). See http://Vote.org/initiatives for more examples and references. The media have seized on the problem initiatives. They generally kiss up to politicians.

    It was the Progressives and Populists of the early 1900s who lobbied to get ballot initiatives, now in 24 states and D.C.

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